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Barcelona Coronavirus January 2021 - Daily Updates and Advice for Visiting Groups

Sunday 31 January 2021

The coronavirus epidemic continues to slowly recede in Catalonia, with almost all indicators down except the number of patients admitted to hospital and their intensive care units. Catalonia has registered 1,690 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 67 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions has risen to 2,873, 127 more than yesterday. A total of 730 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 0.95 to 0.93. The epidemic is in regression, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 93 others, reducing the epidemic by 7% every day.

Saturday 30 January 2021

The coronavirus epidemic continues to slowly recede in Catalonia, with almost all indicators down except the number of patients admitted to intensive care units and the number of deaths. Catalonia has registered 3,473 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 31 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls for a third consecutive day and stands at 2,746, 135 less than yesterday. A total of 723 patients are in intensive care units, 5 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains at 0.95 for a fourth day. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, reducing the epidemic by 5% every day.

Friday 29 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 38,118 new infections today with 15,315 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,743,119.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.13 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,855 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 513 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 58,319. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 30,804 coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (30,726 yesterday) and 4,723 in intensive care units (4,608 on Thursday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,413 admissions and 3,300 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 24.00% and in intensive care units, 43.95%. The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days), has fallen by 3 points and stands at 886.67.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average. The date represents the onset of symptoms or, failing that, the date of diagnosis minus 6 days. It is updated for 23 January 2021, based on data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 23 January 2021
Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 23 January 2021.
Source: El Confidencial

Catalonia has registered 3,526 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 113 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls for a second consecutive day and stands at 2,881, 23 less than yesterday. A total of 718 patients are in intensive care units, 12 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains at 0.95 for a third day. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, reducing the epidemic by 5% every day.

Thursday 28 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 34,899 new infections today with 16,669 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,705,001.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.14 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,685 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 515 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 57,806. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Hospitalisations have fallen for the second consecutive day. There are currently 30,726 coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (30,789 yesterday) and 4,608 in intensive care units (4,515 on Wednesday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,506 admissions and 3,409 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 24.00% and in intensive care units, 42.84%. The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days), has fallen by 10 points and stands at 889.93.

Catalonia has registered 3,598 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 10 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls for the first time since December and stands at 2,904, 117 less than yesterday. A total of 706 patients are in intensive care units, 1 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains at 0.95 for a second day. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, reducing the epidemic by 5% every day.

Wednesday 27 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 40,285 new infections today with 18,462 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,670,102.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.15 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,685 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 492 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 57,291. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Hospitalisations have fallen for the first time this year. There are currently 30,789 coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (30,815 yesterday) and 4,515 in intensive care units (4,433 on Tuesday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,597 admissions and 3,531 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 24.03% and in intensive care units, 41.90%. The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days), continues its upward trend and stands at 899.93.

Catalonia has registered 3,447 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 88 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 3,021, 12 more than yesterday. A total of 705 patients are in intensive care units, 14 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen slightly from 0.94 to 0.95. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 95 others, reducing the epidemic by 5% every day.

Tuesday 26 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 36,435 new infections today with 15,660 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,629,817.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.16 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,630 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 591 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 56,799. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 30,815 coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (30,483 yesterday) and 4,433 in intensive care units (4,284 on Monday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,710 admissions and 3,512 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 24.10% and in intensive care units, 41.27%. The cumulative incidence rate (the number of cases diagnosed per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days), continues its upward trend and stands at 893.91.

Catalonia has registered 3,561 new cases of coronavirus infections and 115 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 3,009, 29 less than yesterday. A total of 691 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen slightly from 0.93 to 0.94. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 94 others, reducing the epidemic by 6% every day.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average. The date represents the onset of symptoms or, failing that, the date of diagnosis minus 6 days. It is updated for 20 January 2021, based on data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 20 January 2021
Daily change and 7 day moving average for new coronavirus cases in Spain, 20 January 2021.
Source: El Confidencial

Monday 25 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered the worst weekend data of the pandemic for a second consecutive week: 93,822 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 7,698 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,593,382.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.17 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,369 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 767 more deaths have been reported since last Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 56,208. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spanish hospitals and health centres suffer the consequences of the increase in virus infections. There are currently 30,483 patients admitted throughout Spain (27,462 on Friday) and 4,284 in intensive care units (3,908 on Friday), although in the last 24 hours there have been 2,842 admissions and 1,350 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 23.94% and in intensive care units, 40.38%.

Catalonia has registered 1,999 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths has not yet been updated. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 3,038, 80 more than yesterday. A total of 684 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen slightly from 0.92 to 0.93. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 93 others, reducing the epidemic by 7% every day.

Sunday 24 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 2,778 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 70 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,958, 105 more than yesterday. A total of 675 patients are in intensive care units, 16 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 0.97 to 0.92. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 92 others, reducing the epidemic by 8% every day.

Saturday 23 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 3,809 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 70 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 2,853, 33 less than yesterday. A total of 659 patients are in intensive care units, 28 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.02 to 0.97. The epidemic is in recession, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 97 others, reducing the epidemic by 3% every day.

Friday 22 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 42,885 new coronavirus infections since the last press briefing yesterday and 18,187 of these were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,499,560.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.22 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,411 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 400 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 55,441. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 27,462 hospital coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (26,542 yesterday) and 3,908 in intensive care units (3,734 on Thursday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,713 admissions and 2,685 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 21.63% and in intensive care units, 37.618%.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average, updated for 20 January 2021.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average - January 20 2021
Source: Google

Catalonia has registered 4,390 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 131 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,886, 42 more than yesterday. A total of 631 patients are in intensive care units, 10 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.07 to 1.02. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 102 others, increasing the epidemic by 2% every day.

Thursday 21 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has notified a new record for coronavirus infections in one day: 44,357 new infections identified since the last press briefing yesterday and 18,504 of these diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,456,675.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.24 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,146 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 404 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 55,041. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 26,542 hospital coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (25,228 yesterday) and 3,734 in intensive care units (3,583 on Wednesday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,745 admissions and 2,653 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 20.87% and in intensive care units, 36.28%.

Catalonia has registered 4,431 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 69 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,844, 19 more than yesterday. A total of 621 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.09 to 1.07. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 107 others, increasing the epidemic by 7% every day.

Wednesday 20 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered the worst data for any one day of the pandemic: 41,576 new infections identified since the last press briefing yesterday and 18,500 of these diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,412,318.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.26 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 1,146 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 464 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 54,637. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 25,228 hospital coronavirus patients admitted throughout Spain (24,185 yesterday) and 3,583 in intensive care units (3,416 on Tuesday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,635 admissions and 2,563 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 19.95% and in intensive care units, 35.02%.

With hospital intensive care units under pressure, the Government of Catalonia has extended all coronavirus restrictions currently in force for a further two weeks, to 7 February. The restrictions include municipal confinement of the population, the closure of shopping centres, gyms and establishments of more than 400 square metres, a curfew from 22.00 to 06.00 hours, bars and restaurants limited to serving breakfast and lunch within time limits, only essential shops open at weekends, among other measures.

Catalonia has registered 3,992 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 69 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,825, 37 more than yesterday. A total of 612 patients are in intensive care units, 22 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.15 to 1.09. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 109 others, increasing the epidemic by 9% every day.

Tuesday 19 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 34,291 new infections today, with 15,578 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,370,742.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.28 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 952 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 404 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 54,173. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

There are currently 24,185 hospital patients admitted throughout Spain (23,184 yesterday) and 3,416 in intensive care units (3,287 on Monday). In the last 24 hours there have been 3,378 admissions and 2,455 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 19.25% and in intensive care units, 33.69%.

Catalonia has registered 4,136 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 74 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 2,788, 21 less than yesterday. A total of 590 patients are in intensive care units, 40 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.31 to 1.15. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 115 others, increasing the epidemic by 15% every day.

Monday 18 January 2021

The Ministry of Health has registered the worst weekend data of the pandemic: 84,287 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 7,662 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,336,451.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.30 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 843 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 455 more deaths have been reported since last Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 53,769. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Spanish hospitals and health centres have begun to suffer the consequences of the "Christmas effect", after the constant increase in cases of coronavirus. There are currently 23,184 patients admitted throughout Spain (19,657 on Friday) and 3,287 in the ICU (2,953 yesterday), although in the last 24 hours there have been 2,574 admissions and 984 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds occupied by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 18.61% and in intensive care units, 32.71%.

Catalonia has registered 2,533 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 129 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,809, 179 more than yesterday. A total of 550 patients are in intensive care units, 2 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.39 to 1.31. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 131 others, increasing the epidemic by 31% every day.

Sunday 17 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 2,490 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 87 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,630, 133 more than yesterday. A total of 548 patients are in intensive care units, 23 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.38 to 1.39. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 139 others, increasing the epidemic by 39% every day.

Saturday 16 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 4,527 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 64 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 2,497, 35 less than yesterday. A total of 525 patients are in intensive care units, 16 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.35 to 1.38. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 138 others, increasing the epidemic by 38% every day.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain updated for 15 January 2021, based on new cases reported since the previous day.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - January 15 2021
Source: Google

Friday 15 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 40,197 new infections today, the worst number of the entire pandemic, with 17,039 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,252,164.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.37 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 828 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 235 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 53,314. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 15.69% and in intensive care units, 29.56%.

Catalonia has registered 4,324 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 20 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,532, 9 less than yesterday. A total of 509 patients are in intensive care units, 12 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.32 to 1.35. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 132 others, increasing the epidemic by 32% every day.

Thursday 14 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 35,878 new infections today, with 16,676 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,211,967.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.40 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 774 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 201 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 53,079. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 15.14% and in intensive care units, 28.46%.

Catalonia has registered 4,473 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 122 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,541, 40 more than yesterday. A total of 497 patients are in intensive care units, 4 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.27 to 1.32. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 132 others, increasing the epidemic by 32% every day.

Wednesday 13 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 38,869 new infections today, the worst number of the entire pandemic, with 16,033 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,176,089.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.43 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 735 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week with 195 of these reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 52,878. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain has risen slowly and currently stands at 14.64% and in intensive care units, 27.76%.

Catalonia has registered 4,876 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 11 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,501, 56 more than yesterday. A total of 493 patients are in intensive care units, 16 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.21 to 1.27. The epidemic is in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 127 others, increasing the epidemic by 27% every day.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average. The date represents the onset of symptoms or, failing that, the date of diagnosis minus 6 days. It is updated for 7 January 2021, based on data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - January 7 2021
Source: El Confidencial

Tuesday 12 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 25,438 new infections today with 14,060 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,137,220.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.46 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 723 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 408 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 52,683. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 14.21% and in intensive care units, 26.97%.

Catalonia has registered 7,047 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 86 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,445, 62 more than yesterday. A total of 477 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) remains unchanged at 1.21. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 121 others, increasing the epidemic by 21% every day.

Monday 11 January 2021

The Ministry of Health has registered 61,422 new infections since the last press briefing on Friday and 6,162 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,111,782.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.48 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 576 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 401 more deaths have been reported since last Friday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 52,275. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds occupied by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 13.77% and in intensive care units, 26.13%.

Catalonia has registered 1,147 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 70 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,383, 27 more than yesterday. A total of 470 patients are in intensive care units, 12 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has declined for a fourth consecutive day, from 1.34 to 1.21. However, the epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 121 others, increasing the epidemic by 21% every day.

Sunday 10 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 2,075 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 13 new deaths. Current hospital admissions total 2,356, the same number as yesterday. A total of 458 patients are in intensive care units, 1 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.44 to 1.34. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 134 others, increasing the epidemic by 34% every day.

Saturday 9 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 3,930 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 60 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,356, 157 more than yesterday. A total of 459 patients are in intensive care units, 30 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen from 1.46 to 1.44. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 144 others, increasing the epidemic by 44% every day.

Friday 8 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 25,456 new infections today with 12,327 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,050,360.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.53 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 590 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 199 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 51,874. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Currently, there are 14,951 virus patients in Spain's hospitals, and 2,318 in an intensive care unit. In the last 24 hours there have been 1,944 admissions and 1,537 discharges. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 12.22% and in intensive care units, 24.05%.

Catalonia has registered 3,995 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 42 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,199, 49 more than yesterday. A total of 429 patients are in intensive care units, 12 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has fallen slightly from 1.47 to 1.46. The epidemic is still in a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 146 others, increasing the epidemic by 46% every day.

The chart below shows the daily change in new cases for Spain and the 7 day moving average. The date represents the onset of symptoms or, failing that, the date of diagnosis minus 6 days. It is updated for 31 December 2020, based on data from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Daily change in new coronavirus cases for Spain - December 31 2020
Source: El Confidencial

Thursday 7 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 42,360 new infections since the last press briefing on Tuesday, with 6,498 new infections diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 2,024,904.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.55 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 530 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week, with 245 more deaths reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 51,675. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Catalonia has registered 2,375 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 48 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,150, 101 more than yesterday. A total of 417 patients are in intensive care units, the same number as yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has remained at 1.47 for a second day. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 147 others, increasing the epidemic by 47% every day.

Wednesday 6 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 4,451 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 75 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 2,049, 40 less than yesterday. A total of 417 patients are in intensive care units, 9 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.45 to 1.47. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 147 others, increasing the epidemic by 47% every day.

Tuesday 5 January 2021

The Ministry of Health for Spain has registered 23,700 new infections today with 10,877 diagnosed in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,982,544.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.59 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 550 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 352 more deaths have been reported since yesterday. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 51,430. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

Currently, there are 13,841 virus patients in Spain's hospitals, and 2,220 in an intensive care unit. In the last 24 hours there have been 1,793 admissions and 1,377 discharges. In the last week 2,131 people have been admitted to a hospital as a result of the coronavirus infection and 185 in an ICU. The occupancy rate for beds taken by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 11.38% and in intensive care units, 23.13%.

Catalonia has registered 3,734 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 97 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,089, 5 more than yesterday. A total of 408 patients are in intensive care units, 16 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.27 to 1.45. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 145 others, increasing the epidemic by 45% every day.

Monday 4 January 2021

The Ministry of Health has registered 30,579 new infections since the last press briefing on 31 December and 4,420 in the last 24 hours. The total number of people infected since the start of the pandemic rises to 1,958,844.

The lethality of the virus continues to fall and is currently 2.60 deaths per 100 patients, a statistic that includes the very high death rate at the start of the pandemic. 397 deaths from coronavirus have been registered in the last week. 241 more deaths have been reported since 31 December. The total deaths in the pandemic rises to 51,078. The data exclude deaths in residences and those who had symptoms compatible with Covid-19 but did not undergo a diagnostic test.

The occupancy rate for beds occupied by coronavirus patients in Spain currently stands at 11.12% and in intensive care units, 23%.

The Government of Catalonia has announced the implementation of 10 days of "exceptional measures" from Thursday 7 January to try to slow the rise of the pandemic in the region. A municipal confinement will be established and only non-essential shops of up to 400 square metres will be able to open during the week, while shopping centres will be closed. On weekends, only essential shops, such as supermarkets or chemists, may be open.

Catalonia has registered 1,319 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 32 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 2,084, 144 more than yesterday. A total of 392 patients are in intensive care units, 7 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.11 to 1.27. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 127 others, increasing the epidemic by 27% every day.

Sunday 3 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 1,483 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 45 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,940, 81 more than yesterday. A total of 385 patients are in intensive care units, 12 more than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.02 to 1.11. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 111 others, increasing the epidemic by 11% every day.

Saturday 2 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 1,973 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 51 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions rises to 1,859, 100 more than yesterday. A total of 373 patients are in intensive care units, the same number as yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen from 1.00 to 1.02. The epidemic has returned to a regrowth phase, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 102 others, increasing the epidemic by 2% every day.

Friday 1 January 2021

Catalonia has registered 3,607 new cases of coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 35 new deaths. The number of current hospital admissions falls to 1,759, 36 less than yesterday. A total of 373 patients are in intensive care units, 6 less than yesterday. The reproduction rate (or R0) has risen slightly from 0.99 to 1.00, with every 100 infected people passing the virus to 100 others.



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UK FCO Thursday, September 16th, 2021: advises against non-essential travel to Spain, with the exception of the Canary Islands.


Foot Notes


1 Chinese and American researchers have used the infection data from the first few weeks to model the temporal and spatial evolution of the coronavirus first in Wuhan, the start of the pandemic, and later in 375 other Chinese cities. To see how the virus could progress, they overlapped this information with the movement patterns of hundreds of millions of Chinese recorded by the telecommunications company Tencent in Chunyun 2018. This period of the Chinese lunar calendar begins a few days before the Chinese New Year. and it lasts for several weeks afterwards. This year, the New Year fell precisely on January 23. Thus they were able to estimate how the coronavirus moved. The work, published in the Science journal, has found that until Wuhan's forced isolation, 86% of all infections were not being detected. That is, only 14% of the infected were under control. The rest, whether asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, continued to lead their normal lives. Thus, for many days there were two very different transmission rates. That January 23, there were only 801 documented cases throughout China, while the total number of new COVID-19 infections during 10-23 January in Wuhan city is estimated at 13,118 (documented and undocumented combined).
After Wuhan's closure measures, later extended to much of China, the dynamics of the epidemic changed in the city of origin. Between January 24 and February 8, the study authors estimate that the percentage of invisible infected people drops to 35%. They also come to light faster. For the first time, the basic reproduction number (R0) of the epidemic, understood as new infections for each infected person while sick, fell to 0.99. It was the first step in controlling the epidemic, although only in Wuhan.
Source: Science Magazine
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/03/13/science.abb3221
2 The National Centre for Epidemiology estimate that the number of those affected in the 2017-2018 influenza season was 752,000 people, with nearly 15,000 related deaths. Hospitalisation was necessary in 52,000 of the cases, 14,000 of them had serious complications and 3,000 required admission to the ICU.
Source: Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBER)
https://www.ciberisciii.es/noticias/estiman-en-800000-personas-los-afectados-por-la-gripe-del-pasado-ano
3 According to the National Centre for Epidemiology, some 6,300 people died in Spain due to influenza last season, 2018-2019. The Influenza Surveillance System estimated that 490,000 people affected by mild cases of this pathology attended the Primary Care centres, in addition to some 35,300 confirmed hospitalised patients, of which 2,500 entered the ICU. Among the deaths registered in the country, 83% were older than 64 years and 13% belonged to the group of 45-64 years.
Source: DiarodeAvisos https://diariodeavisos.elespanol.com/2019/10/6-300-personas-fallecieron-por-la-gripe-la-pasada-temporada/
4 The first of the deaths from coronavirus recorded in Spain occurred on February 13, although the patient, a 69-year-old man, had travelled to Nepal, making it difficult to track the infection. The case was discovered by an autopsy.
5 Since 2010, both the governments of Spain and those of its different autonomies (health care is a transferred competence) have approved a series of health care cuts that weakened the system. In 2020, Spain budgeted 5.9% of its GDP for public health spending. This percentage was 6.77% in 2009. Catalonia is one of the Spanish autonomous regions that has cut the most in recent years, dedicating just 3.9% of its GDP to public health this year. The European average is 7.5%
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sanidad/20200318/recortes-7895906
A December 2019 FACUA report reveals that Catalonia is the Spanish region with the longest wait for a Public Health family doctor appointment. 74% of respondents expect a wait of at least one week.
Source: El Periodico: https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sociedad/20191215/catalunya-comunidad-mayor-tiempo-espera-medico-cabecera-7772135